Where a statutory provision appears to be incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights1 the incompatibility may be resolved using accepted interpretative principles and techniques without relying on the specific interpretative provisions contained in the Human Rights Act 19982. Such principles include the context in which the legislation is passed, which includes the Convention itself, the presumption that legislation is not intended to conflict with the values of British society, including respect for basic individual rights, and the legislature's awareness of the United Kingdom's international obligations
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